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Slip And Drive Surprises In Japan Racing Association Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 11-9-13---Jer-Mar Stable LLC’s Slip and Drive contested the lead from start to finish and won the grassy, 1-1/16th mile $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes.
Carlos Marquez Jr. guided the gelded son of Artie Schiller to the front in the crowded field of ten older runners and nursed him along the whole way, winning in a hard drive to the wire 1:42.87 over a determined Roadhog, with pace pressing Super Chunky settling for third. Slip and Drive won by a nose and paid $46.20.
McLean Robertson trains Slip and Drive at Delaware Park. In one previous visit to Laurel, Slip and Drive finished fourth in the 2012 Laurel Turf Cup.
Assistant trainer Kyle Schindler said, “He ran a good race. We didn’t expect to get to the lead. Twenty-five and fifty were the fractions so what are you going to do? We kind of inherited it. This horse is always high energy. I expected a good race and we got one. We didn’t feel he was well respected at 22-1. He was only beaten five lengths by Wise Dan in a race at Keeneland (Shadwell Turf Mile G1). I don’t know where he goes next.”
“There was no speed in the race so we went for the lead,” said Marquez. “I figured if someone else wanted it I’d lay off but nobody came. We went so early and when I asked him I had a lot of horse left. I thought Super Chunky would go early as a sprinter going two turns but he didn’t and we had plenty at the end. He was running. My agent told me last week I was going to ride for Mr. Robertson and I used to ride everything for his father at Arlington and Oaklawn. He always had them ready.”
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.